Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua introduces custom beer

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui offers guests a new custom beer, Shorebreak Session Ale. Custom brewed to represent the surrounding Kapalua area, Shorebreak Session Ale embodies a tropical personality using exotic ingredients, including infused fresh pineapple juice and Calamansi peel. The resort is partnering with the locally owned start-up Kohola Brewery, which recently won a Bronze Medal for its Lokahi Pilsner at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

A light-bodied session ale, this custom brew is a concoction of flavors that exudes tropical aromas and blends a variety of hops to achieve its optimal citric taste. The combination of hops—Cascade, Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, and Magnun—offers elements of red grapefruit, peach, passionfruit, guava, lychee, and most notably, pineapple.

The inclusion of pineapple as a key ingredient in Shorebreak Session Ale not only mimics the tropical ambiance The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua exudes, but also taps into the significance and history of the surrounding Kapalua Resort. A former pineapple plantation and home to the Maui Pineapple Company, the 22,000-acre Kapalua Resort is known for this fresh and sweet fruit that is symbolized through Kapalua's highly recognized logo of a butterfly with a pineapple it the middle. 

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“We’re excited to be partnering with local Kohola Brewery to create our own custom brew,” says Michael Gaal, Food and Beverage Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “Our goal was to create a beer that fully embodied the surrounding Kapalua area and that unexplainable feeling of relaxation you get while at our resort, and Shorebreak Session Ale does exactly that.”

Now being poured throughout the resort’s five food-and-beverage outlets, Shorebreak Session Ale can only be found at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua resort. 

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